If you want to form an LLC in Michigan, there are certain forms, requirements and legalities you need to get in place. Below is a rundown of what you’ll need to do, together with details on each form required for your Michigan LLC. Some of these forms you only need to submit once, while others must be filed on a regular basis. You will need to set reminders in your calendar to file forms regularly if you're filing yourself. At Incfile, we provide an optional renewal service and can take care of renewals for you when you instruct us to do so.
Articles of Organization are the formal documents filed with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to create your LLC. They state certain information about your business. Once the documents are filed with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, they legally create your business as an LLC in Michigan. Here’s what’s typically included:
Here at Incfile we automatically create and file your Articles of Organization on your behalf when you start your business with us. You only need to file your certificate once. There is a fee charged by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to cover your filing (currently $50 or $100 if you want expedited service). You only need to file your articles once.
Depending on the type of Michigan business you’re running, you will need to obtain various business licenses and permits. These are not required to form your LLC, but it’s important to know which permits and licenses are required for your business to operate in compliance for your business jurisdiction.
Various cities in Michigan have slightly different rules and fees for permits and licenses. Check with your local Michigan city administration to see what their rules are. You will need a separate permit or license for each city your Michigan LLC operates in.
Depending on the type of business you are running, you may need to get additional permits and licenses from the city, county or state of Michigan. You can get an idea of the types of permits and licenses you might need from the State of Michigan website.
The federal government may also require you to get certain licenses or permits, and the SBA has a comprehensive list of Michigan license permits. The frequency of how often you need to file permits varies depending on the permit type. You can find details of the various state licenses and permits here.
Interesting and unique permits for Michigan include various automobile and car services, credit services, electrical services and insurance services.
Depending on the type of Michigan business you are running, you may need to get licenses and permits from the federal government and various national agencies. You can find a complete list on the U.S. Small Business Administration website.
You will need to pay licensing and permit fees on a regular basis depending on the type of business you are operating and where you are located. These do vary from city to city and industry to industry. If you don’t want to do the legwork yourself, we provide a complete Business License Research Package that will tell you all of the licenses and permits for your new LLC. It includes:
All businesses in Michigan must pay the Michigan Business Tax. You can register for the tax through the Michigan Department of the Treasury.
If you hire employees, you must register for unemployment insurance tax and state income tax withholding.
If you sell taxable goods, you must also file and pay sales tax. You can do that here.
Setting up an LLC is easy, but actively managing one can be more complex. An operating agreement defines how your business works and ensures all the founders, owners, members or managers have a common understanding. An operating agreement normally covers areas including:
You are not required by Michigan state or federal law to have an operating agreement for your LLC, but we recommend one for several reasons. An operating agreement:
Your operating agreement only needs to be created once and will need to be updated if significant changes are needed.
You must file an Annual Report with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on an annual basis by February 15 of each year. The cost is currently $75. If you do not file your annual report, your LLC may be dissolved after two years. Here at Incfile, we can File Your Annual Report on your behalf.
As you can see, there are several forms and permits you need to conduct business, both initially and that you’re required to submit on an annual basis.
You may need a “Certificate of Good Standing” for certain business-related services like opening a bank account. You can order one from us for a small cost of $45.
Incfile provides a cost-effective service to help you create your Michigan LLC. We guide you through the process and handle most of the administrative steps, such as filing the Articles of Organization on your behalf. Our basic package also provides a free Registered Agent service for the first year. If you're looking for help to start an LLC, our comprehensive services provide outstanding value.
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This report is mandatory and must be filed within the specified time frame in order for the entity to remain in good standing with the state. Failure to file this report can lead to the company being revoked or administratively dissolved.
Due: February 15th
Note: LLCs registered after September 30th of the preceding year are exempt from filing the report in the subsequent year.
Filing Fee: $25
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